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Buchholz latest to join DL

Absences leave rotation in flux

By Peter Abraham
Globe Staff / June 25, 2012
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Clay Buchholz has been hospitalized with a gastrointestinal sickness and Sunday was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Red Sox.

General manager Ben Cherington said that the issue, while enough to merit a stay on the DL, is under control and that Buchholz should be fine.

“We’re hoping that we’ll get him back at the end of the 15 days,’’ manager Bobby Valentine said. “He did check into a hospital. He hasn’t been here now for two days.’’

Buchholz is 8-2 in 14 starts despite a 5.53 earned run average. After a poor start to the season, Buchholz has a 2.43 ERA in his last five starts.

This marks the third consecutive season Buchholz has been placed on the DL in June. He had a back issue in 2011 and missed the remainder of the season. In 2010, Buchholz strained a hamstring running the bases and missed 23 days.

The rotation is in flux with Buchholz joining Josh Beckett on the disabled list. Beckett, who is out with shoulder inflammation, is eligible to come off the DL Wednesday.

But that seems unlikely. Beckett said Sunday that he feels better but has yet to throw in the bullpen since going on the DL.

“From what I’ve heard, he went from not throwing for a while and feeling like he hadn’t thrown for a while and then feeling really good,’’ Valentine said. “I’m hoping he’s moving forward, feeling good.’’

Valentine said the Sox are now looking at where Beckett best fits into the rotation.

“Hopefully it coincides right with when his 15 days are up,’’ he said. “But we won’t rush it if, in fact, he needs another day or two.’’

With Bob McClure away from the team for 14 games because of an illness in his family, assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann has been working with Valentine to coordinate the pitching.

McClure returned to the team Sunday.

“It’s a work in progress, let’s say,’’ Valentine said about the rotation. “We’ll get Bob in that loop and see if he has any other ideas.’’

The Sox have used the disabled list 21 times this season for 19 players and have lost 803 games.

Ortiz gets rest

David Ortiz missed his first game of the season. Ortiz is hitless in his last 13 at-bats, his batting average dropping to .300. “Talking to him [Saturday], he felt he could use a day,’’ Valentine said. Adrian Gonzalez is the only player to appear in every game . . . Daniel Nava was 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and a run in the 9-4 victory against the Braves. He has hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .428 with 10 RBIs this month. Nava also is 17 for 48 in 12 games hitting leadoff . . . The Sox finished 11-7 in interleague games and are now 19-20 at Fenway Park.

Brotherly love

As the Red Sox were working on trading Kevin Youkilis, the third baseman had an opinionated ally in his brother Scott, a restaurant owner in San Francisco.

“Bobby V is a joke,’’ Scott Youkilis wrote on his Twitter page. “This is the ugly side of sports in Boston.’’

Scott Youkilis also thinks his brother will be better off in Chicago.

“Chicago . . . is better town anyways!’’ he wrote. He then listed reasons why Chicago is a better city than Boston. One was better pizza and another was its proximity to Cincinnati, where the Youkilis family is from.

Valentine also owns a restaurant, in his hometown of Stamford, Conn. Maybe the two warring parties can have a cook-off.

Bard struggles

The trials of Daniel Bard continued with Triple A Pawtucket. He walked three and threw a wild pitch over 1 2/3 innings against Louisville Sunday, missing badly on several pitches . . . Deven Marrero, the team’s first pick in the amateur draft earlier this month, was 2 for 4 with a walk and a run for Lowell in his professional debut. Marrero, a shortstop from Arizona State, was the 24th overall pick . . . The Red Sox signed righthander Jason Urquidez from the independent Lancaster Barnstormers and assigned him to Double A Portland. Urquidez was in Triple A with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.

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